LGBT+ History Month 2021

February is a special month for the LGBT+ community. It’s LGBT+ History Month –an annual month-long celebration of LGBT+ history, history of gay and other civil rights movements. 

The 2021 theme for LGBT+ History Month this year is 'Body, Mind & Spirit’ – revealing unheard stories of LGBT+ life. We will be aiming to highlight and celebrate the achievements of individuals whose courage, commitment, and trailblazing lives serve as light posts to the rest of the community. These people have challenged and continue to challenge moulds and gay stereotypes and offer visibility to the community. 

So, what is LGBT+ History Month, why does it matter, and what can you do to celebrate? Throughout the month we will be filling our feeds with facts, information, and resources to help inform & educate ~ check out more information below. 

What is LGBT+ History Month?

February marks LGBT+ History Month, which celebrates and remembers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.  

LGBT+ History Month aims to not only celebrate the huge achievements and contributions made by LGBT+ people throughout history but also increase the visibility of the barriers and discrimination faced by the community and what we can do to eliminate these. 

Founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school teacher Rodney Wilson, LGBT+ History Month has since evolved into a month-long celebration observed in Hungary, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Greenland and Berlin.

What resources are available?

As part of LGBT+ History Month, we have been working with the LGBT+ Society to ensure you have a wide range of support resources available to you across February. Whether this is showcasing some amazing books that we've found, or perhaps giving you our top Netflix pics when it comes to showcasing your pride throughout the month. Find out more information below about how you can learn the meaning behind this month, and why it continues to be so important that we celebrate it.  

Love, Simon - Simon Spier keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his family. However, when a blackmailer threatens to reveal it, he goes on a roller-coaster journey to come to terms with his identity.

Disclosure - A look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of this on American culture.

Pride - Realising that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gay and lesbian activists lend their support to striking miners in 1984 Wales.

The Prom - Down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend.

The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson - Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - A gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Rent - This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Bessie - The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Pose - While New York witnesses the evolution of the ball culture and the rise of the Trump-era, an LGBTQ ball fixture, Blanca, starts her own house and turns mother to a gifted dancer and a sex worker.

Queer Eye - A new Fab Five set out to Atlanta to help some of the city's people refine their wardrobes, grooming, diet, cultural pursuits, and home décor.

Grace and Frankie - Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last twenty years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.

Ratched - A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.

Sex Education - A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.

Feel Good - The series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviours and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life.

Euphoria - A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex and violence. Euphoria follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a drug addict fresh from rehab with no plans to stay clean.

We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown - Through the lenses of protest, power, and pride, We Are Everywhere is an essential and empowering introduction to the history of the fight for queer liberation. Combining exhaustively researched narrative with meticulously curated photographs, the book traces queer activism from its roots in late-nineteenth-century Europe--long before the pivotal Stonewall Riots of 1969--to the gender warriors leading the charge today.

Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl - Becoming a Man is the striking memoir of P. Carl's journey to become the man he always knew himself to be. As Carl embarks on his gender transition, he takes us inside the complex shifts and questions that arise throughout - the alternating moments of arrival and estrangement.

Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son by Richie Jackson - In this poignant and urgent love letter to his son, award-winning Broadway, TV and film producer Richie Jackson reflects on his experiences as a gay man in America and the progress and setbacks of the LGBTQ community over the last 50 years

Stonewall by Martin Duberman - This book tells the story of what happened at Stonewall, recreating those nights in detail through the lives of six people who were drawn into the struggle for gay and lesbian rights. Their stories combine into a portrait of the repression that led up to the riots, which culminates when they triumphantly participate in the first gay rights march of 1970.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo - This book follows the lives of each of 12 Black British women as they navigate the world. The book is divided into four chapters, each containing episodes about three women who are connected directly to one another in some way.

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown - The novel is a coming-of-age autobiographical account of Brown's youth and emergence as a lesbian author.

A Gay and a NonGay by James Barr and Dan Hudson - This podcasts challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are, or what you're into (Bruce Springsteen or Britney), love is love and everyone can be friends.

The Log Books by Shivani Dave, Tash Walker and Adam Zmith - Stories from Britain’s LGBTQIA+ history and conversations about being queer today

Food 4 Thot by Tommy Pico, Fran Tirado, Dennis Norris II and Joe Osmundson - A roundtable discussion podcast wherein a multiracial mix of queer writers talk sex, relationships, race, identity, what they like to read, and who they like to read.

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness by Jonathan Van Ness - A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.

One from The Vaults by Morgan M. Page - One From the Vaults, a trans history podcast by Morgan M Page. They bring you all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history!

Munroe Bergdorf (@munroebergdorf) - Munroe is an English model and activist, who dedicates her time pushing forward and educating others on race and identity. She regularly speaks on panels around the world and recently made her first documentary for Channel 4: What Makes A Woman? Bergdorf won ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 Cosmopolitan Awards, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2019 by the University of Brighton.

Vivek Shraya (@vivekshrayea) - Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album Part-Time Woman was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. She is also the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. Shraya is also a director on the board of The Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ women.

Jacob Tobia (@jacobtobia) - Jacob Tobia (they/them) is an actor, writer, producer, and author of the national bestselling memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. From running across the Brooklyn Bridge in high heels to giving Trevor Noah an on-air makeover on The Daily Show, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of their gender. In addition to adapting their book Sissy into a forthcoming TV series for Showtime, Jacob recently made their acting debut as the nonbinary character “Double Trouble” on Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princesses of Power.

Travis Alabanza (@travisalabanza) - Travis is a writer, performer and theatre maker based in London, via Bristol. Their writing, performance and public discourse surrounding trans and Black identities has had them noted as one of the most prominent emerging trans voices in the arts and beyond. For stage, Travis wrote and performed in their debut show Burgerz. The show won the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as selling out numerous venues including Southbank Centre and Traverse Theatre.

Indya Moore (@indyamoore) - As a model and actor, FX’s Pose star, Indya Moore is one of the most visible trans people of colour in fashion and media today. Since starting out in the industry, they have been selected by Nicolas Ghesquie`re to feature in Louis Vuitton ’s Pre-Fall 2019 lookbook, and appeared in Calvin Klein ad campaigns and on the covers of Teen Vogue, Elle and L’Officiel USA, among others. After posting a video on YouTube dispelling myths about heterosexual men’s attraction to trans women, which went viral, Moore was further thrust into the limelight after being featured in an article by NBC Out, leaving them vulnerable to threats, violence and abuse from those closest to them

Bethany C. Meyers (@bethanycmeyers) - Bethany C. Meyers is a LGBTQIA+ activist and feminist based out of New York City. They have a booming Instagram presence, on which they are completely and totally authentic about their struggles and successes. They discuss issues of identity, sexuality, mental health, fitness, self-love, and more while creating an open and welcome environment for their followers to connect with them over shared experiences. Meyers is the founder and CEO of the be.come project, a holistic, online, workout experience with accessible twenty-five-minute routines you can do with Meyers themselves.

Have a resource you think would be cool to add to our list? Why not submit yours now and have it featured on our website: bsucommunications@brighton.ac.uk 

 

What events are on offer?

More information coming throughout the month - stay tuned!

Extra Information

This month has been bought to you by your SUBrighton Officer team as part of their Transforming the Culture Campaign for 2020-21. 

LGBT+ Society (Brighton)

Don't forget, if you need additional support that our amazing LGBT+ Society is here to give you extra information, or just some cool people to hang out with!

The LGBTQ+ Society is for all students who identify within the LGBTQ+ Spectrum (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and all sexualities, genders, and identities that fall under the plus), whether you are openly out, questioning, or unsure.

Join their Facebook group to keep up to date with LGBTQ+ events, both within the University of Brighton and throughout Brighton as a whole.

 

Check out some further information through the videos below:

LGBT+ Sign language: 

Learn some LGBTQ+ signs for Pride Month including: gay, lesbian, straight, asexual, pansexual, bisexual, bi-curious, questioning, transgender, gender fluid, non-binary and more.

10 different sexualities to know about:

There are lots of different terms we use within the LGBT+ community that you may be confused about. This month, take some type to learn more about the topic of sexualities: Bisexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, pansexuality, polysexuality, asexuality, grey asexuality, demisexuality, adrosexuality, etc.

LGBT 101: An introduction to the Queer community:

A short informational video explaining some of the terms and identities within the LGBTQ+ community.

The ABC's of LGBT+:

Learn about some under/misrepresented identities!

How I figured out my Sexual Orientation:

Join Finn as he navigates his journey as a Trans Gay man in the modern world. Watch as he shares his journey, from initially identifying as a lesbian, to discovering himself to be transgender, and assuming he was a straight heterosexual man, to later discovering he was attracted to men.